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  • Title: O. Morozova papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1968
    Collection Number: 2001C11
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian and English
    Physical Description: 3 microfilm reels (0.45 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, and photographs, relating to Russian literature, Russian émigré affairs, and post-World War II Russian refugees in the Philippines.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Morozova, O. (Ol'ga), 1877-1968


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Olga Morozova Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Location of Originals

    Originals in Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    Ol'ga Morozova was born Ol'ga Kolesova in Khar'kov on 3 July 1877 (N. S.), the daughter of the principal of the Khar'kov Agricultural School. Graduating from the Khar'kov women's institute in 1895, she established, with her own funds, a primary school for peasant children on the outskirts of Khar'kov. In the same year, she began a career as a journalist in various local papers and journals, also authoring a number of popular books on agricultural issues. She married the livestock specialist Iona M. Morozov and moved with him to Semipalatinsk in 1911, turning her energies to relief and nursing work with the Russian Red Cross during the First World War. In 1918 she established a 50-bed hospital in Semipalatinsk.
    The Bolshevik advance in 1919 forced her to leave Semipalatinsk with her son Boris (her husband and a daughter, evacuating Omsk with Admiral Kolchak, were killed; another daughter, Vera, escaped by other means). Living in various towns and cities in China in the early 1920s, she finally moved to Tientsin in 1928, enduring a lengthy trek through the Gobi desert. It was in Tientsin that Morozova wrote most of the novels that gained her a literary reputation, such as Sud'ba, Nevozvratnoe, and Nora. Like many of her compatriots who evacuated China in the late forties and early fifties, Ol'ga Morozova spent some time in the Tubabao refugee camp before being admitted to the United States in 1951, an experience she chronicled in unpublished memoirs. Morozova died in Los Angeles on 1 January 1968.


    1877 July 3 Born, Khar'kov, Russia
    1895 Established an elementary school near Khar'kov
    1901 April 27 Married Iona Morozov
    1911 Moved to Semipalatinsk, Russia
    1915 Appointed assistant director for army meat supply for Western Siberia
    1920 Iona Morozov killed in Civil War
    1932 Author, Nevozvratnoe
    1934 Author, Sud'ba
    1949 Evacuated to Tubabao refugee camp, Philippines
    1951 Arrived in the United States
    1958 Author, Kak pomoch' bol'nomu cheloveku
    1968 January 1 Died, Los Angeles, California
    1984 Sud'ba reprinted

    Scope and Content Note

    Olga Morozova was a novelist who published several works in China in the 1930s. This collection contains her rare and unpublished writings, including reminiscences of Tubabao, a camp in the Philippines for Russian displaced persons from the Far East, and collected materials for a biographical dictionary of prominent Russian émigrés, entitled "Kul'turnye sily rossiiskoi emigratsii."
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
    The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russian literature.
    Russians--United States.
    United States.